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Discontinued Offices & Programs. Institute In History (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0007-007

Scope and Contents

The records contain textual information created by the University of Maine Department of History and U.S. Office of Education. The record group contains various information regarding funding support the Institute received from the U.S. Office of Education, including: proposals, forms, supporting material, and correspondence and memorandums from the Office. Also included are administrative records regarding the organization and promotion of the Institute, including: plans, schedules, bibliographies, travel claims, orders for teaching material, reservations, staff lists, lists of participants and mailing lists, press releases, and brochures. Also, included are details of various trips and examples of teaching content.


  • Creation: 1960-1969
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-1969


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The History Institute was organized by the University of Maine’s Department of History and financed by a grant from the U.S. Office of Education under provisions of Title XI of the National Defense Education Act as amended in 1964. The Institute was held at the University of Maine during the summer months of 1966, 1968, and 1969. A mix of faculty taught at the summer institute including from the University of Maine's Department of History. The Institute was for secondary school history teachers who received credit for attendance. Objectives of the Institute included providing the teachers with a conceptual framework and profile of new ideas in the craft. The Institute also provided an opportunity for the teachers to be exposed to the latest in teaching materials which they could then introduce to their classes. Attendees came from across the nation, but predominately from Maine.

The director of the institute was Dr. Ronald F. Banks, assistant professor of history and assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Banks would later be appointed assistant to University of Maine President Winthrop C. Libby (1968-1973).


2 boxes

Language of Materials



Physically the records are grouped by institute year. Some file names were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #268 (New Box 1)
  2. Old Box #269 (New Box 2)


The processing archivist appraised the records and destroyed duplicate copies of brochures, reports, and forms. Also, material not considered appropriate for permanent retention in Fogler Library’s Special Collections were destroyed, including blank forms, correspondence and forms from teachers who ended up not attending the Institute, and confidential evaluations of applicants to the Institute.


Accurals from the Institute are not anticipated because the program has been discontinued.

Related Materials

The director of the Institute Dr. Raymond F. Bank's papers are also managed by Raymond H. Fogler Library's Special Collections, SpC MS 0035. However, the collection doesn't appear to have material related to the Institute.

The University of Maine held other NDEA funded institutes which Special Collections has records on including: Institute In Foreign Languages (University Of Maine) Records, UA RG 0007.008.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, May 2017, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled added using information from ArchivesSpace.

University of Maine. Institute In History Records
Matthew Revitt
May 8, 2017
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States